For the last three years, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have been learning a new, more selective way to fish. Purse seining is a live capture method of fishing that allows the tribe to catch and keep hatchery fish for distribution to their tribal members and let the wild fish go free unharmed. This year the tribe bought their first purse seiner, the Dream Catcher.
Not all tribes are on board with this method, though. And non-tribal commercial fishers just started testing the method last year under programs through Oregon and Washington fish and wildlife departments.